The voice of great English poet, Robert Browning (1812 - 1889) recorded while at a dinner party given by Browning's friend the artist Rudolf Lehmann, on May 6th, 1889. The sales manager of Edison Talking machine, Colonel Gouraud, had brought with him a phonograph to show the guests and to record their voices. Browning, though reluctant at first, eventually gives in and begins to recite his poem 'How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix'. Unfortunately, he "cannot remember my own verses" and gives up going on to expressing how he certainly won't forget though this "wonderful invention".
1 - Robert Browning Recites His Poem (1889 Edison Cylinder)